Arts & Culture Learning Partnership Grant



$1,000 - $3,500

Current Grant Awards 


Arts and Culture Organization with or without nonprofit status, based in the City of Phoenix; Those not applying for a General Operating Grant I or II​​​


March ​30, 2017


Current Award (2017-18) 


Ashley Hare
Arts Learning Program Director

artists collage​​Goals of Arts & Culture Learning Partnership Grant

The Arts & Culture Learning Partnership Grant focuses on partnerships and collaborations by arts and culture organizations that encourage lifelong learning in the arts. As the lead applicant, arts and culture organizations must seek out new or expand existing partnerships with schools, businesses, social-service organizations, parks, recreational centers, libraries, senior centers, and more. Projects can serve youth, adults, seniors, veterans, intergenerational groups, and others who benefit from arts experiences.

This grant strengthens our arts and culture learning program's focus on collaborative, sustainable, and accessible ways to integrate creative opportunities into Phoenix schools, neighborhood communities, organizations, and businesses. This grant also furthers our goal for Phoenix residents of all ages to experience diverse, interdisciplinary, multicultural, quality arts learning experiences that inspire creativity, enhance the quality of life, and strengthen communities.


At the time of submission, your organization must: 

  • Be based in the City of Phoenix and have a City of Phoenix address
  • Proposed a project that takes place within the City of Phoenix
  • Be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix
  • Have a mission that focuses solely on arts and culture
  • Be registered as a non-profit arts organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code OR Apply with a Fiscal Agent that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Fiscal agent must also be an arts organization in the city of Phoenix. 
  • The proposed project must begin no earlier than July 1, 2017 and end no later than June 30, 2018

Not Eligible to Apply: Presenting Org​anizations; Schools; Community-Based Organizations; Local Arts Agencies; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; city departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations.

​Although not eligible to apply for direct fundingthe above organizations may be able to participate as a project partner with an eligible applicant organization. 

Matching Your Grant

Any requested amount must be matched dollar for dollar.   For example, if your project has a total budget of $6,000, you can a request a $3,000 grant, and will need to raise the $3,000 matching cash, other grants, etc. In-kind donations cannot be used for your match. Matching funds do not need to be in hand at the time of application, but your grant application must to provide specific information about the matching funds. If your seeking additional funds for your project, please contact our office for a list of resources.

Finding a Fiscal Agent

Organizations that do not have 501c3 status are eligible to apply in the Arts Learning and Festivals grant categories using a Fiscal Agent. Fiscal agent must meet eligibility requirements. An arts organization serving as fiscal agent does not sacrifice its own eligibility for grant support. A signed MOU (for our in-office use only) must be signed by both partners and sent back to our office at the time of the grant deadline.

For assistances finding a Fiscal Agent or questions on the MOU form, please contact the grant categories main staff contact. 


Funds may be used for artists fees, honoraria for project partners directly involved in the project, travel stipends, marketing, space rental fees, festival supplies, and production expenses.   

Funds may not be used for fiscal sponsor administration costs, staff salaries or hourly wage, research studies, capital expenditures, reduction of organizational/personal debts, lobbying/political expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs, memberships or dues, programs, projects and/or events not accessible to the general public, or to people with disabilities.

Funds may not be used for partnering with a school during school hours (classroom residencies, field trips, etc.). Organizations may partner with a school during out of school time. 

The city of Phoenix cannot legally fund applications from organizations incorporated for religious purposes or organizations affiliated with religious organizations.